Streaming devices have been a lifesaver for those who don’t have a SMART TV in their homes. There’s no limit to the number of services these devices provide; as users, we aren’t complaining either. The competition in this space is tight too – every major player wants your eyeballs. How do you decide which one is the best for your home? We’ve put together a framework for deciding this and vetted all categories of streaming devices to decide on the best streaming devices available today. But before we dive in, for the uninitiated, let’s set some context.
What is a streaming device?
These tiny devices can transform your TV or home theater system into smart devices, allowing them to connect to the Internet. The benefits are that you can stream content from your favorite services from the big screens in your home if they can’t connect to the Internet.
Do I need a streaming device if I have a smart TV?
If you’re using the latest models, then no. But the development of smart TVs happened over quite some time. So if you still use a first-generation smart TV, you may not have access to all the services that today’s smart TVs provide.
Let’s find out what streaming devices you need to look at.
X-verse Tanggula Android TV Box
An up-and-coming brand in the streaming devices market, the X-verse Tanggula Android TV Box ensures that it can maintain 1000 Mbps in running speed. While most of us who watch TV shows on cable can only enjoy video clarity of up to 1080P, this device can take up to 4K.
MECOOL Streaming Stick Device
Carry the world of online streaming inside your pocket to use wherever you go. The MECOOL Streaming Stick Device is a small USB drive-like device that packs a lot of firepowers. With Android 11.0 OS and weighing under 45g, the simple plug-and-play functionality is why we added this product to our favorite streaming devices.
FEICHEN Android TV Box
The FEICHEN Android TV Box is a small, dull-looking box that doesn’t call out for attention with an elegant design that can get people talking. But connect it to your TV, PC, or projector and get ready to recommend to others how amazing this product can be.
Fire TV Stick 4K streaming device with the latest Alexa Voice Remote
The Amazon Fire TV Stick 4K streaming device with the latest Alexa Voice Remote was one of the first streaming devices available to customers, but it has continued to develop to compete with the latest devices in the market.
Roku Streaming Stick+
The Roku Streaming Stick+ is our favorite because of its long wireless range and high-quality video transmission, going up to 4K.
TiVo Stream 4K
With the TiVo Stream 4K, you get a faster streaming connection than most of the other products available in the market. The magic lies within the TiVo app, which also houses many more apps and services than you would see on other streaming devices.
Onn Android TV 4K UHD Streaming Device
The Onn Android TV 4K UHD Streaming Device resembles a black box powered by a white remote. But this black box houses a connection to over 700,000 movies online, in addition to all the other content on streaming services and apps.
Chromecast with Google TV
Directly from the secret labs of Alphabet comes one of our favorite devices of the year – the Chromecast with Google TV. Using Google’s intelligent shows, you get to watch everything available on the internet and get personalized recommendations – just how it feels when you use the search engine.
Apple TV 4K
Experience streaming content the Apple way with the Apple TV 4K. Enabled with Dolby Vision, Dolby Atmos and the premiere Apple Originals, which have been making headlines in the movie and TV show industries, this streaming device easily found its way up the ranks and claimed a top spot.
NVIDIA SHIELD Android TV Pro Streaming Media Player
The NVIDIA SHIELD Android TV Pro Streaming Media Player is a marvel within the box, and we invite you to prove us wrong. While it looks too stylish for a streaming device, it packs quite the punch. Using the latest technologies like Dolby Vision and AI Enhanced Upscaling, you experience a different way of watching movies and shows on your screen.
Xiaomi Mi Box S
With Google Assistant and Chromecast built into the operating system, the Xiaomi Mi Box S is our next device of choice, and we think it is a serious contender in the streaming device wars.
Transpeed Android TV Box
With the latest Android operating system running the device, the Transpeed Android TV Box is sleek and has a variety of methods to connect with your home screens, no matter how old they are.
Generic4 SuperBOX S3 Pro
The Generic4 SuperBOX S3 Pro looks like a wifi modem with a dual antenna setup. But this allows the device to pull more out of your existing wifi connection and works across a range of internet environments to deliver clear, precise video on your TV screen.
C Cosycost Android TV Box
Boasting 4 GB of RAM for faster usage, the C Cosycost Android TV Box offers quite the performance in its streaming activities. Right out of the box, the device looks pretty stylish.
ONINCE Wireless CarPlay Adapter
The ONINCE Wireless CarPlay Adapter is primarily meant for use in your car and comes inbuilt with Wireless CarPlay and Wireless Android Auto to connect with older devices. It’s a surprisingly nice feature- it can also play videos from your USB drives.
MYPIN 4K Media Player
The MYPIN 4K Media Player operates smoothly, without freezing during streaming. The interface is especially fast and intuitive, making you want to use this again and again. This is a helpful device, especially for those who own a legacy TV that cannot play newer video formats.
MXQ PRO 5G
Supporting up to 5.8 GHz, the MXQ PRO 5G comes with a full keyboard, air mouse and TV remote for controlling the device. With a Quad-core CPU and a 3D GPU, discover how far you can go with the latest Android version enabled here.
Dynalink Android TV Box
An Amazon’s Choice product for “streaming devices for tv”, the Dynalink Android TV Box is Google certified and brings the complete range of Google services to your home screen. By providing access to over 3000+ channels and apps, you will find entertainment that can speak to your every mood.
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